For the last 2 years, I have been collecting photos of pocket gardens, that is, tiny urban gardens, small enough to fit in your pocket. Living in an urban setting myself, I’m always on the lookout for gardens that make good use of the limited space that they may have.
While staying in Chicago on our vacation, M and I walked through a beautiful (and obviously expensive) neighborhood with older apartment buildings and homes. Space is at a premium in the city, but still the owners carved out tiny garden spaces.
A couple of beautiful older homes across from our hotel. I’m not sure if they were apartment dwellings or single family homes, but they have a lot of character.
This tiny enclosed plot of greenspace is located between the sidewalk and the street. I believe these areas are called “hellstrips”. Not much color but very well cared for. The metalwork makes the space.
This tiny courtyard is my favorite pocket garden. It’s only about 8 feet across and maybe 4 or 5 feet deep. Still it is bursting with hostas and ferns and there is even room for a sculpture and birdbath.
Another attractive garden, even smaller than the last, probably only 4 by 4 feet.
The entry to the apartment building with all the little courtyards. The potted plants in the concrete urns suit the formality of the entryway and building.
Shade-loving plants for the tree-lined street.
This does not really show up very well but in there are fully grown trees on the balcony of this older building. I would have loved to see the garden that goes with the trees.
Looking out our hotel window, we could see a sea of grass on the rooftop of a neighboring building glowing in the sun.